A student has been arrested for killing a classmate after a dispute over a 500-baht drug sale in Sa Kaeo, eastern province of Thailand.
The alleged suspect was apprehended at his house in tambon Parai of Aranyaprathet district. Thai police searched the house and discovered the alleged murder weapon used to kill his classmate. The offender, whose name has been withheld, confessed he killed his classmate after he refused to pay back 500 baht that the victim owed.
Earlier on Tuesday night, an unidentified body was reported to be found near a road linking Banmainongsai and Bandan. A backpack and a helmet were discovered nearby while the victim’s motorcycle with the engine still running was found about three kilometers away from the crime scene.
The victim was soaked in blood and he was wearing his school uniform, a white shirt and brown trousers. The body identified as Phroomrapee Woranom was a grade 12 student at Aranyaprathet School. He was the son of Wanlop Woranam, Ban Nong Bua School’s principal.
Mr. Wanlop received a call from police about his son’s death. The victim’s father told the investigating officers that his son along with 10 other students went to a friend’s house to do homework on Tuesday evening.
“I was angry because Phoomrapee avoided to pay my money. I went to see him to make him pay the debt, but Phoomrapee refused and tried to flee,” said the suspected teenager during the investigation.
The suspect then punched the victim in the face. He struggled with his fellow as he attempted to wrest a gun from Phoomrapee’s pocket. The alleged killer managed to get the gun and then shot the victim in the face and head several times to make sure Phoomrapee was dead and returned home.
According to the investigators, there was no sign of struggle where the tragedy took place. The 18-year-old student had been dead for more than 30 minutes before he was found. The .38-caliber pistol used to kill Phoomrapee belongs to Mr. Wanlop, the victim’s father. IMAGE/Bangkokpost